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Legal Research Checklist


  • What words or phrases are key to this area of law?
  • What other ways can the same concept be expressed (synonyms)?
  • As you work through this checklist, you will probably refine and add to this list.

Secondary Sources

Primary Sources - Legislation

  • Statutes

    • Check statutes from all relevant jurisdictions.  You can us our Canadian Legislation page to locate reliable open access sources.  You can also use WestlawNext Canada (and law students can use their individual Lexis Advance Quicklaw accounts). 
    • Do you need to look at historical statutes? Our Canadian Legislation page will show you what's available online, and we have full runs of historical statutes in print in the law library.
  • Regulations

  • Note up Statutes and Regulations

Primary Sources - Case Law